Colorado River Fly Fishing Report: October 1st 2019

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Tom J with a nice Colorado River Brown Trout. To found this fish in about 3 feet of water with a Hopper Dropper rig.

Wind Wind Go Away

Sunday was the windiest day of the season on the Colorado River. Despite the relentless upstream wind gusts, fly fishing on the Colorado River has been good. Midges and BWOs are bringing trout to the surface in good numbers. 11am to 2pm has been the most consistent time to fish to rising trout. Small Baetis imitations are all working well, but the Royal Wuff has been a consistent producer for fish in all water types. We are still getting some Hopper action but expect that to slow down as our days continue to cool off.



Hopper Dropper rigs have been working well along the grassy banks and shallow riffles. Pheasant Tails, Rainbow Warriors, Quill Jigs, RS2’s, Darth Baetis, Slim Shady, Barrs BWO Emerger, Midge Larvae, Chocolate Thunder and more of the like are all working well under a Hopper or Indicator. The streamer fishing has also been good throughout the day. Slump Busters, Sculpzilla, Circus Peanut and Sex Dungeons in a variety of colors are all working. Be sure to strip your streamers a little further off the bank. We are finding quite a few fish 20-30 feet off the shore.


The Brown Trout should start to stage for the spawn shortly so be sure to watch for Redds when you are wading as well as when you are anchoring. When the fish begin to spawn i would expect the fishing on the Colorado River to slow down but until then enjoy the fall fishing conditions on the Colorado River.